17:47 GMT29 January 2020
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    0 1312

    One coach argued that the swimmer ended up being targeted for not looking like the other swimmers due to being “mixed-race” and “curvy.”

    Breckynn Willis, a 17-year old swimmer from the Dimond High School, ended up being disqualified after winning a 100 metre freestyle at a high school swim meet when one of the referees apparently decided that the former committed a “uniform violation,” the Anchorage Daily News reports.

    According to the media outlet, the National Federation of High Schools’ rule which the swimmer allegedly violated stated that "boys must cover their buttocks and girls must cover their buttocks and breasts," while the referee who disqualified her argued that she could see the girl’s "butt cheek touching butt cheek."

    Breckynn Willis
    Breckynn Willis

    Commenting on this development, West High coach Lauren Langfor argued that Willis was targeted by some officials because she and her two sisters, who are also member of the swimming team, "don’t look like other swimmers" due to being "mixed-race" and "curvy."

    Many social media users took a dim view of the situation, criticising the referee’s move.

    And as KTUU points out, the Alaska School Activities Association ended up reversing Willis’ disqualification less than an hour after the ASD formally appealed on behalf of the swimmer and her team.

    disqualification, competition, swimming, Alaska, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik